July 30, 2008
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Senior Dan Abbondandolo (Oyster Bay Cove, N.Y./St. Dominic) has qualified for the 108th United States Amateur to be played at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina from August 18-24. It is the second consecutive year Abbondandolo will play in the prestigious tournament.
Abbondandolo was a medalist (shot the lowest score at his qualifying site) with an 8-under-par 136 at Wheatley Hills Country Club on Long Island. He played in the U.S. Amateur last year at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif.
"Being able to draw upon his experience from last year should certainly help Dan this year," said men's golf coach Tom Wronowski. "Another thing working in his favor is, we were at Pinehurst this year for spring break and he has seen and played the courses he will be competing on. He is playing with such a high level of confidence that I believe he expects not only to participate at the U.S. Amateur, but compete for the Championship."
The U.S. Amateur Championship is the oldest golf championship in this country - one day older than the U.S. Open. Throughout its history, the U.S. Amateur has been the most coveted of all amateur titles. Many of the great names of professional golf, such as Gene Littler, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lanny Wadkins, Craig Stadler, Jerry Pate, Mark O'Meara, Hal Sutton, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, grace the Havemeyer Cup. The U.S. Amateur Championship is open to amateur golfers who have USGA Handicap Indexes not exceeding 2.4. The Handicap limit was lowered from 3.4 in 1999.
Abbondandolo finished fourth overall (+3) at the 2008 MAAC Tournament and was selected to the Division I PING All-Region Team for the Mid-Atlantic region by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Abbondandolo was just one of fifteen regional men's golfers to be selected for this honor.
For more information on the U.S. Amateur visit www.usamateur.org.